Suspect dies after officer-involved shooting on 5 Freeway in Irvine

IRVINE, Calif. (KABC) -- A suspect who was shot by a California Highway Patrol officer on the 5 Freeway in Irvine has died, authorities said.

The shooting caused a massive traffic jam on the freeway.

The CHP said the shooting happened on the 5 near Highway 133 at about 6:55 p.m.

Officials said they responded to a call for a pedestrian running in lanes on the northbound 5 near Barranca Parkway. The pedestrian was later seen on the southbound side, where a motorist hit him.

When officers arrived at the scene, the man was still on his feet in traffic lanes. A confrontation ensued with the officers and he was shot.

The man was taken to a local hospital, where he died, the CHP said.

His identity has not been released. No officers were injured.

Traffic could be seen backed up for miles on the 5 Freeway heading southbound.

Authorities are investigating the incident.
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